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How to Tell if Incontinence Is Long term or Short Term

Many people who suffer from bladder leakage hesitate to tell their doctor about the problem and get the help they need. That may not be an issue if the problem will go away by itself after a short period. However, for some people, it can be difficult to tell anyone about the issue, even if it has been going on for months.

It is important to know when the problem is a long-term one and when it is a short-term one. You’ll have to look at the symptoms and the frequency of the incontinence to have an idea of how long you will be battling with it and if it is necessary to involve a doctor in your situation.

How Long Has the Problem Gone on?

Start by paying attention to how long you have suffered from incontinence.If it has only been a few days, then it may not be necessary to talk to your doctor just yet. This could be something that will go away in its own, and it may be too early to be alarmed by it. However, if it has gone on for over a week, then you may have the start of an ongoing, serious problem. The longer it goes on, the more serious it has become, and the harder it will be to repair the damage.

This is why you want to pay attention to how long you have been suffering from it and try to do something as soon as possible about the incontinence problem. Waiting too long can be dangerous for you and can just prolong the amount of time it takes to set things right.

You also should consider this a long-term problem if it keeps coming and going. For instance,if you suffered from incontinence for a day or two at a time, and then it went away, but then comes back later, you may have a serious problem on your hands. You could be seeing the early warning signs of long-term incontinence and not even realize it. It’s better to do something about it now rather than to wait for later and see how it pans out.

How Severe Is the Problem?

You also need to be aware of how much leakage you are dealing with and how often you have to go to the restroom. If you leak all day long and there is a lot of leakage, then this is something that needs to be addressed right away. If there is only a little leakage and it is barely enough to warrant an incontinence pad, then you may not have much to be concerned about. If you aren’t sure, then it is good to consult your doctor as a precautionary measure. Your doctor will probably want to test how much leakage you are dealing with and then treat the problem accordingly.

There isn’t necessarily any need to be alarmed over a small amount of leakage. This could mean that your problem will resolve itself in a short period of time, but it could also mean that you are seeing early signs of a long-term issue. Either way, it is better to be safe than sorry, and we always advise people who are suffering from any form of incontinence to see a doctor about it.